Top Drawer News — A Chat at the Cafe — Part 2!

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Image source: HL Carpenter

Image source: HL Carpenter

We participated in the chat at Love Romance and More Cafe last weekend, and Dawn, the moderator, had some great questions for Musa authors. We dished about our latest release, The Demise of Fyne Literature, in Part I, and this time we revealed–well, here, read the interview for yourself:

Hi, there! We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter writing duo, and we’re happy to be in the Cafe today! Thanks for inviting us, and for letting us talk about our writing. It’s one of our favorite things to do.

What genre haven’t you tried yet but want to in the future?

We like the idea of writing sagas, particularly family sagas. Anime and graphic novels look like loads of fun, too.

What is one thing readers might be surprised to know about you?

We don’t actually share an office. We both live and write in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue, but we don’t live together.

If we asked your muse to describe you in three words, what do you think they might say?

We were afraid to ask, as we thought our muse’s description might be unprintable–and we were basically right. We picked these out of the long list: Stubborn, contrary, and persistent.

What authors can be found in your library of books?

Our e-book library includes lots of Musa authors. Our print shelf includes Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, and Stephen King’s “On Writing.”

Have any guilty pleasures you want to share with us?

We eat chocolate and pistachio ice cream, and sometimes we eat both together, without remorse.

Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?

Sure, and it’s even better than ice cream. Here’s an exclusive that we’re revealing for the FIRST TIME, RIGHT HERE…We just signed a contract with Musa for a NewAdult novel, Walled In! WOOEEE!

This is the current blurb for Walled In (it’s still rough, so bear with us!)

Vandy Spencer has everything—wealth, a gorgeous boyfriend, plans for a fantasy gap summer before college.

Then her dad is accused of fraud. Her perfect life disintegrates. The victims of her dad’s swindle vow revenge; her boyfriend abandons her; her dad flees.

Accusations and innuendos pile up daily. Reeling, Vandy retreats to a hermit-like existence in her childhood tree house. As she struggles to come to grips with the upheaval, a heart-shattering scene reveals the true depth of her dad’s deception, and Vandy must summon the courage to overcome the lies of the past and forge her own path.


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